Jaipur Metro update
On the completion of one year on Sunday, the Jaipur Metro Rail project has achieved 35% of the civil work, according to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials. DMRC project director Lalit Meghnani, said, “Around 35% of the civil work is completed and the project will be completed within the deadline.” Filled with challenges and frequent accidents at the work sites, the Metro project has been delayed by a month. However, DMRC officials believe the project will be completed on time. “The DMRC will manage time ahead and all civil constructions will be completed by December 2012,” Meghnani claimed. Once the civil construction is completed, the DMRC will start the operational testing such as testing signals, power, etc. “After one accident, the work on the project is stopped for 3-4 four days. Because of the past accidents, work got delayed by a month,” he added. However, the morale of the officials seems to be high as Jaipur Metro will set a world record if it is completed as scheduled. “If Metro route is completed in three years as scheduled, it will be the fastest such project completed in the world. The work on the first phase from Mansarovar to Chandpole is expected to be completed by June 2013. It’s good to be associated with such achievement,” said a civil engineer. According to the officials on the 9.5-km route from Mansarovar to Chandpole, the Metro will run on 370 pillars. According to officials, “The launching operation (work for laying the bed of elevated Metro Rail tracks) has been started and operation work will completed till August.” The project is unique according to the officials as they will construct various designs which will be for the first time in the country. An official said, “The Mansarovar station will be the first in India to be constructed on middle pier alignment. Also, for the first time in India is constructing the double-deck viaduct for elevated road and Metro track.” He added, “The elevated road height would be approximately seven metres and Metro on this route will run at a height of 20 metres.” The Jaipur Metro in its first phase will come up with 10 trains having four coaches on its 9.5-km route. For passenger convenience, two tracks will be laid with trains running every six minutes. During peak hours the gap will be of every five minutes.